Stewart Lane

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Liminal 3


     Composer  Performer/Cultural Activist


SAILS notes                                                                 Four songs about love


Love is a word that carries a lot of baggage. It's ambiguity as a word covering many bases implies many interpretations of its meaning. Because people use the word freely without giving a sense of how they mean it, confusion abounds. It can be used to signify Honour. Depth of feeling. Integrity. It can be used to signify need. fixation. Dependency. Often the user of the word doesn't know what they really mean.


So here are four songs each with a different interpretation.


The first, (Sails) explores the empowerment we associate with the feeling of being in love. Emboldened to do what we otherwise might not do. Flying in the face of convention if only for a moment.  Impulse. Action. Risk. A rashness often equated with ‘madness’.


Amen Baby tells the same story twice, with a slight variation that leads to completely different outcomes; a ‘love’ that retires from the world, implodes and one that embraces it, devouring experience.


Contrasting opinions, beliefs, life-styles, fortunes, cultures, opportunities, collaborations and conflicts Saturn Returnlooks for a point of connectivity  that simply is our humanness. The conditions under which we thrive, common to us all regardless of culture, race or gender. How do we find it in ourselves so it reflects back to us from our cultures?

Were all individuals able to gain and maintain this internal sense of self and balance – would the role of the state transform from a system of governance to one of service to facilitate and enable?  


We are surrounded by the examples of those who live life fully and meaningfully in the present. They are our master teachers and we have access to them and their example every day; animals. Untrammeled by the need to be anything other than themselves, or the need for need – they are spontaneous, live in the present, unburdened by the past.

The last song on the EP (Crow) is a celebration of these beautiful creatures, their amazing capacity to be fully alive, to be joy, to be now, to be…love and the difficulty we have a human beings in achieving it for ourselves